Dr Ronenn Roubenoff

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Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research
  • Switzerland

Dr. Roubenoff received his MD from Northwestern University, and trained in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was Chief Resident in Medicine. He completed concurrent fellowships in Rheumatology and in Clinical Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins, receiving a Master of Health Science degree. He then trained in Nutrition at Tufts University with Irwin Rosenberg, MD, and in Immunology with Charles Dinarello, MD. He was Chief of the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, and Sarcopenia (NEPS) Laboratory from 1997 to 2002, and Director of Human Studies from 2001 to 2002, both at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. He is currently Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Nutrition at Tufts. Dr. Roubenoff moved to the biotech/pharma industry in 2002, as Senior Director of Molecular Medicine at Millennium Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge, MA, where he directed research on biomarkers and personalized medicine. In From 2007 to 2009, he was Sr. Director, Immunology Research and Development, at Biogen Idec, where he led the Translational Medicine and Early Development efforts for the Immunology group. In September, 2009, Dr. Roubenoff was appointed Global Head of Musculoskeletal Translational Medicine at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, heading early development for muscle wasting, tendon healing, cartilage repair, and other musculoskeletal disorders.

Dr. Roubenoff has done pioneering work on the interactions of nutrition, exercise and hormonal and immune regulators of metabolism in aging and chronic disease, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and HIV infection. He is an internationally recognized authority on sarcopenia, translational medicine, and the use of biomarkers in drug development. He has published over 250 papers in the medical literature as well as writing for lay audiences. He is co-author of a New York Times Bestselling book on exercise and nutrition treatment of arthritis. Dr. Roubenoff has served on many NIH study sections, WHO committees, American Society for Nutrition Committees, Animal Care and Use and Institutional Review Committees, and as a reviewer for journals, foundations, and charities. He has won multiple awards, including membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha and Delta Omega honor societies; Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Rheumatology; the Robert H. Herman Memorial Award of the American Society for Nutrition; the American College of Rheumatology Senior Scholar Award; Tufts University Distinguished Faculty Award; Teacher of the Year at Johns Hopkins Medical School; and the Oliver Smith Award for Extraordinary Service and Caring at Tufts Medical Center. 

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